New data into the causes of bike crashes has revealed that a person riding a bike has a 0.003% chance of being involved in a crash on any given day reports Bicycle Network.
The crash report released by Bicycle Network analyses details from 2,480 bicycle crashes reported over five years (2012 to 2016) by its members, including when and where they happened.
Bicycle Network CEO Craig Richards said that the data goes a long way in dispelling the myth that riding a bike is a dangerous and risky activity.
“Our crash report shows that the chance of being involved in a crash when you ride a bike is miniscule, just 0.003% on any day, and 0.99% in a year,” said Mr Richards. “More people go to hospital each year from falling off chairs than they do falling off bikes.”
Another key finding from the report is that despite popular belief, the vast majority of crashes happen during good weather conditions, on flat roads and at intersections – not when riders are travelling downhill and in the rain.
“These results are not entirely surprising when you consider that when it comes to bike crashes or collisions with vehicles, studies show that car drivers are mostly at fault,” Mr Richards said. “While our data shoes that crashes are minimal, they are still avoidable and it is clear that the number one action we need to take to make bike riding even safer is to improve separation between bikes and cars.”
“Crashes occurring in areas that are seemingly non-risky but are dominated by cars show just how important it is that we build more bike paths and lanes that keep bikes and cars separate.” The most crashes occur in October when many bike riders wake from winter hibernation, followed by January.
Dyson Bikes recommends joining Bicycle Network as members are entitled to free consultations after a crash and are comprehensively insured for medical, third party damage and other costs associated with a crash.
You can learn more about the benefits of membership here https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/membership/